Changes to Society During Before the Renaissance

Topics: Buddhism, Southeast Asia, Black Death Pages: 2 (612 words) Published: January 5, 2014

DBQ Essay #1
Throughout history, there have been a lot of changes involving the human race. To name a few, The Neolithic Revolution, Rise of Civilizations, and the Italian Renaissance are easily great examples of major changes in the world and society. The time period from 1000 C.E to 1450 C.E was the time period before the Italian Renaissance and it itself showed changes. Some of these changes were philosophical, cultural, and even political changes.

Document two and document four are great examples of philosophical changes. Document two is about some Buddhist missionaries that were sent from India to modern-day Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. The missionaries were most likely trying to get people from these nations to convert to Buddhism since this was a time when religions were expected of the citizens of society. One of the Buddhist missionaries, Majihima swayed the people of the five kingdoms that are now Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia into becoming Buddhists by terrifying them with stories of ocean dwelling demons that came out only when a child was born in the king’s palace in order to consume the child. This shows that many people in this time felt that they needed spiritual security and so they turned to Buddhism since it was the dominant religion in the area. This is a major change because in present day Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia Buddhism is still a dominant religion. If it were not for the five teachers who went to these lands Buddhism would probably not be as practiced.

Document four is another example of a philosophical change in that it tells of the effects the bubonic plague had in southwestern Asia and Northern Africa. The bubonic plague was a horrible disease that struck most of Europe, western Asia and Northern Africa during the thirteen and fourteen hundreds. It was estimated to have killed half of the European population. Obviously with the fear of death being something...
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